Ikea’s new virtual design tool deletes your furniture and replaces it with Ikea’s

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Ikea today announced a new virtual design tool. This makes it easy to imagine what furniture will look like in your home. With Ikea Kreativ’s scene scanner feature, you can use Ikea’s iOS app to scan your room, erase existing furniture and place virtual furniture in its place. If you don’t want to scan your home, there are also over 50 virtual showrooms for arranging furniture. Naturally, this process is designed to actually order this furniture after browsing the virtual version.

I’ve tried the pre-release version of the Ikea Kreativ Scene Scanner app developed by the Ingka Group (Ikea’s largest store franchise) and the new experience is potentially very useful, even if it’s a bit more restrictive than the company’s marketing. It can be said. Make it visible. You can’t roam virtual furniture in augmented reality as you saw in the previous Ikea Place app, but Creativ does the overall great job of displaying virtual furniture accurately in your home context. You can’t skip the tedious process of measuring a room to see if it fits in, but it’s a great way to see if the overall design and color scheme of an item matches the surroundings.

The process begins with taking a panoramic photo of the room.
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Then rotate your phone to capture more data.
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The Ikea Kreativ Scene Scanner starts with a slightly tedious scanning process. Take a series of pictures of the room to create a panoramic picture and swing your phone in a figure eight motion to capture more visual data. This process is currently for the iPhone only (no model with a lidar sensor is needed, it should work on most modern iPhones), but the Android version will be released this summer. Once the scan is complete, you’ll have an image to tweak directly in the app itself or on the Ikea website on your desktop.

Unless you have an empty room, the first step for Ikea’s virtual designer is to empty your existing furniture. This effect is very similar to the Magic Eraser tool on Google’s Pixel 6 device, and like Google’s Magic Eraser tool, the results may be inconsistent. For example, in the image below, Ikea’s software doesn’t understand where my rug should end after removing the armchair that obscures it. There is also a problem filling the hidden left side of the TV cabinet.

The scan in my living room is complete.
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And I removed various furniture.
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Despite some annoying edges, when I start adding virtual furniture to my room, the empty space works fine. According to spokeswoman Kelly Gardiner, Ikea Kreativ now includes “thousands” of furniture, rugs, accessories and wall decorations, as well as ceiling-mounted furniture and textiles next year. We plan to add support for additional product categories such as.

I brought Laiva’s bookshelf to the living room. This allows you to rotate and move the space using Ikea software. Also, I was able to make it the same height as the floor. In most cases, Ikea’s software displayed the bookshelves proportionally, but occasionally cut out various other pieces of furniture in the room. It’s hard to see if the app got the exact dimensions of my room, but when I checked it with a tape measure, it was almost correct.

Virtual furniture appeared almost proportionally to its surroundings.
Screenshot: Ikea

Ikea Kreativ can be a useful little tool. It looks like you can only view virtual furniture in 2D photos, but it seems to give a much more accurate impression of what it actually looks like in space. In contrast, Ikea’s old Place app displayed virtual furniture on an augmented reality and inconsistent scale, making it difficult to imagine how it would fit around.

Ikea Kreativ is currently in operation in the United States and will be available in other countries next year. You can access it from Ikea’s existing iOS app (required for room scanning) or its website.

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